Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 115 – Fresco Basket Whip Cowl

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Knitted neck things need to be soft on the skin. The fibers in the yarn you choose will determine creature, and neck, comfort. Fresco, the yarn Laura Patterson used to make her lovely—and practical—neck warmer, contains soft alpaca and silky soft angora to caress and warm you. Fresco is a delicate yarn, seven or so stitches to the inch, and it’s plied for beautiful stitch definition, open lace stitches, and even colorwork.

(published November 24, 2009)

The Story

From Laura:

The stitch pattern swings back and forth around the wearer’s neck reminding me of the West Coast Swing dance style, and its dance step called the Basket Whip. This cowl is knitted in the round. The combination of thin yarn and large needles make this cowl lacy and warm. Loose cast on and bind off edges are necessary so that the edges will make attractive points when blocked.

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The Yarn

60% Wool • 30% Baby Alpaca • 10% Angora

Fresco is a smooth and even 3-ply, sport weight yarn that has been a member of the CEY family of yarns for a number of years. We have plenty of great things to say about it, but thought you might enjoy hearing praise from someone else. Clara Parkes, the writer behind Knitter's Review, had this to say:

This yarn is like a good rollerball pen. It's widely available, doesn't cost a fortune, feels great in your hands, and flatters your handwriting no matter what you write. In yarnspeak, this means Fresco is affordable, available, and willing to accommodate pretty much anything your needles may want to try.

Click here to read the rest of Clara's review.

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